Psalm 84:5Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
I scored a free subscription to Martha Stewart Living, by way of taking a survey recently. I was skeptical if it was a legit offer, but last week I received the November issue. I love the magazine and was thrilled to find something practical I could do take from it. As soon as I saw the picture of these cute pilgrim hats, I knew we were going to have to make them.
We've been learning about the pilgrims and the kids are enjoying this book, one chapter a day. It's funny because as we read it I can't help but parallel the Separatist concerns and reasoning for leaving Holland to me and Joe's concerns about raising our children. Don't get me wrong, we live in a great country and I am thankful for the freedoms we take for granted everyday. The Separatist had freedom in Holland too, but they were concerned about the influences of the Dutch on their children. They were willing to face severe adversity, leave behind what little they had and sacrifice everything in pursuit of preserving their faith and families. I'm not planning to move to a desert island somewhere in hopes of closing out the rest of the world. But it is encouraging to know that nearly 400 years ago parents were struggling and searching for ways to train their children the right way and protect them from worldly influences and ideals. I'm thankful they made the choice they did to come to this new world, we should never take their courage and faith in God for granted. This is what I love about Thanksgiving, such a great time to reflect on what our country was founded upon. It is vital that our children be taught and reminded how blessed we are to live here, and to know the true history of the United States of America.
I must go now, my children have ceased an Indian attack and come out of their cabins to tell me they are ready for some lunch. Joseph would rather be an Indian than a pilgrim. He chases the girls with his bow and arrow and they squeal and shriek louder as they run with their dolls and slam doors in his face. I guess, I have to agree, that is a more adventuresome way to play.